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Todd Staples
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSusan Combs (R)
Compensation
Base salary$137,500
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,529,467
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
2001 – 2007
Texas House of Representatives
1995 – 2001
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 13, 1957
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Todd Staples (b. August 24, 1963) is the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Staples, a Republican, assumed office in 2007 and won a second term in November 2010.

Biography

Staples served on the non-partisan Palestine City Council from 1989 to 1991. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election to replace Elton Bomer, who had been appointed state insurance commissioner by Governor George W. Bush. In 2000, Staples entered the race for the Texas Senate seat vacated by Drew Nixon. Staples was unopposed for the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner in 2006 when the incumbent Susan Combs was elected state Comptroller.[1]

Education

  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Agricultural Economics (1984)

Political Career

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture (2007-present)

Staples has served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture since 2007. He was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

Texas State Senator (2001-2007)

Texas State Representative (1995-2001)

Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Palestine, Texas (1990-1991)

Council Member, City of Palestine, Texas (1989-1991)

Elections

2014

See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

2013 Todd Staples for Lt. Gov. ad

Staples is running for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 election.[2][3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2010

Staples won re-election in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert and Libertarian Rick Donaldson.[4]

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Staples Incumbent 60.8% 2,953,775
     Democratic Hank Gilbert 35.8% 1,738,456
     Libertarian Rick Donaldson 3.4% 164,035
Total Votes 4,856,266
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Staples is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Staples raised a total of $10,529,467 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[5]

Todd Staples's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $1,840,235
2010 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won $1,742,941
2008 TX Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $496,543
2006 TX Agriculture Commissioner Won $2,207,928
2004 TX State Senate Not up for election $390,211
2002 TX State Senate Won $348,999
2000 TX State Senate Won $3,447,376
1998 TX House of Representatives Won $55,234
Grand Total Raised $10,529,467

2006-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Todd Staples's donors each year.[6] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Staples grew up in Palestine, TX. He graduated from Palestine High School as an active member of the Future Farmers of America. He owned a nursery business and a real estate business. He is also a former instructor at Trinity Valley Community College. Staples and his wife, Janet, have four grown children and three grandchildren.[1]

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Political offices
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Texas House of Representatives
1995-2001
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Texas State Senate
2001-2007
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Texas Commissioner of Agriculture
2007–present
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